The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

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David Butler

Writers:

James V. Kern (screen play), David Butler (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Kyser ... Kay Kyser
Peter Lorre ... Karl Fenninger
Boris Karloff ... Judge Spencer Mainwaring
Bela Lugosi ... Prince Saliano
Helen Parrish ... Janis Bellacrest
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chuck Deems
Alma Kruger ... Aunt Margo Bellacrest
Joseph Eggenton Joseph Eggenton ... Jurgen
Kay Kyser Band ... Kay Kyser's Band (as Kay Kyser's Band)
Ginny Simms ... Ginny Simms
Harry Babbitt ... Harry Babbitt
M.A. Bogue ... Ish Kabibble (as Ish Kabibble)
Sully Mason ... Sully Mason
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Storyline

Kay Kyser and his orchestra are hired to entertain at the birthday party of a young heiress at a creepy old mansion, where they uncover a plot against her life. Who is the villain? The sinister judge? The phony medium? The skeptical psychologist? You'll find out. Written by Anonymous

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Whoopie-doops and rap my table! if it isn't the Old Professor himself, with those bad, Bad Humor Boys...in a baffle-daffle seance in swing!...A show as funny as it sounds, as shivery as it seems, and as looney as it looks!...Don't miss it! See more »


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Trivia

At the time this was made, Kay Kyser and his band had a very popular radio show as "Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge." See more »

Goofs

When Kay Kyser is in the secret passageway, the lighting changes frequently. See more »

Quotes

Kay Kyser: [Looking about the room cluttered with many exotic bric-a-brac] Who decorated this room - Robert Ripley?
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Crazy Credits

"The College of Musical Knowledge" is an on-screen opening acting credit, but its members are the studio audience, since Kay Kyser refers to them as "students." See more »

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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)
(1881) (uncredited)
Written by H.J. Fuller
Played by the Kay Kyser Band at the radio show and sung by Jeff Corey
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Bela, Boris, Mr. Lorre & ISH KABIBBLE
21 July 2000 | by Robbo62See all my reviews

This movie is genuinely routine as those WWII comedies featuring popular band leaders & their comedic and/or horror foes.. But this one stands above most of the others in it's genre, mainly due to Horror Legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre...and Comedy relief from the one & only Ish Kabibble, Kay Kyser's one true maniac...(Check out Ish's haircut, seems like he influenced Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor hairdo & Jim Carrey's Dumb & Dumber.) The plot is irritating at times, although the safest thing to do is to forget about the plot & enjoy these legends of horror change licks with Ish, Kay & the rest of the house full of guests. I recommend this movie to anyone not wanting to get lost in a story line from hell but to just sit back, with the family and enjoy a moment in time that only our parents or grandparents could remember, I truly enjoyed the innocence of a time lost watching this Comedy/Horror diamond in the rough. Ish Kabibble to all and to all an Ish Kabibble.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Professor See more »

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Budget:

$353,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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